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Welcome A very warm welcome to the Southend Local Business Guide, a brand new innovative magazine for the Southend community. The main aim of the Southend Local Business Guide is to provide readers with an interesting and stimulating reference magazine that helps put them in touch with their local business community. Our first publication, The Rayleigh Local Business Guide, has proved extremely popular with the local community and we have tried to produce a similar format for Southend which has something for everybody with a mix of editorial, games and quizzes, reference material and local business advertising. If you have any interesting stories about Southend or if you are a local team, association or charity that would like to be featured in any future editions of the Local Business Guide then please drop us a line at: info@thelocalbusinessguide.co.uk Similarly we would welcome feedback from our local Southend audience on our new publication, be it positive or negative, so feel free to e-mail us at the address above. We would like to thank all of our business advertisers for supporting our first Southend Local Business Guide and would ask our readers to support their local businesses in order to help secure local jobs. Please visit our website at www.southendbusinessguide.co.uk where you will find our latest guide on-line. You will also find weblinks established from our e-magazine to the websites of most of our business advertisers. Please do not forget to mention the Southend Local Business Guide when contacting businesses featured in this magazine!

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The Local Business Guide do not make any recommendations as to the fitness of the advertisers appearing in this publication to carry our their services and no recommendations should be deemed to have been made. All rights reserved. No part of The Local Business Guide Limited publications may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means either wholly or in part without prior permission of the publisher. This magazine is published by The Local Business Guide Ltd Š The Local Business Guide 2012

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Advertisers Index GARDEN SERVICES, HOME IMPROVEMENT & CONSTRUCTION BUILDING SERVICES 15, 28 CARPETS/FLOORING 5 KITCHENS / BATHROOMS 1, 33 PLUMBER 28 SKIP HIRE 14-15 WINDOWS / DOORS / GLASS 25 FINANCIAL, LEGAL & PROPERTY SERVICES ESTATE AGENCY 17, 34 INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISER Centre Pages LETTINGS AGENT 7, 24 SOLICITOR 19 HOUSEHOLD & LIFESTYLE

BAR / RESTAURANT 29 BOOKMAKER Inside Front Cover CAR PAINTWORK / REPAIRS / MOT 32, 33, 34 CAR SALES Inside Back Cover CLOCKS/CLOCK REPAIRS 29 CURTAINS 29 DRY CLEANERS 28 FLYING 32 FUNERAL DIRECTOR 29 NHS 12-13 NIGHTCLUB Outside Back Cover OFF-LICENCE 3 REMOVALS 4 RESTAURANT 27 TAXI / AIRPORT SHUTTLE 4 TRAINING 29, 30 HEALTH & BEAUTY

CARE AND NURSING CHIROPRACTOR HAIR & BEAUTY PHARMACISTS PHYSIOTHERAPIST TOOTH WHITENING

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The Origins of Southend A

t the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, the area we now call Southend was divided between the manors of Prittlewell and Milton. Other manors in the area included, to the east, Southchurch Hall, and to the west Leigh.

Norman and Medieval Period In the early 12th Century Robert Fitzswein, lord of the manor of Prittlewell, gave part of his lands for the foundation of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary (Prittlewell Priory). He retained a part of Prittlewell for himself, and this later became Earls Hall manor. By the 13th Century or so, the original two manors of Prittlewell and Milton had been divided into the manors of Prittlewell Priory (or Priors), Earls Hall, Milton and Chalkwell Hall. To the north of the Priory lands there was also now the manor of Temple Sutton, lands belonging to the Knights Templar. Milton Hall had been given to Christ Church, Canterbury, before the Norman Conquest. Prittlewell Priory owned lands that stretched right down to the seafront. As early as the 14th Century

there was a landing stage called “Stratende” and, by the end of the 15th Century this had become known as South End – the south end of the lands of Prittlewell Priory.

Tudors and Stuarts In 1536, at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a survey was made of the lands of the Priory which mentioned the properties lying in South End. Another survey was undertaken for Robert Rich, the owner of the Priory in the late 16th Century; this is very detailed, and it is possible to draw a map of Southend at this time. There were a number of farms here (on land owned by the Priory) and fishermen’s cottages. We know that there were fish traps (or keddles) all along the foreshore from Leigh to “South End” at this time. In the 17th Century this original South End was bought by Mr. Hercules Arthur. His principal house, originally Facons Farm, was now called Southend. In 1758, what was known as Southend was made up of Thames Farm and Arthur’s Land, so-called after its owner. Arthur also bought land to the west of


Southend which was later developed in the mid-late 18th Century. In 1767 John Remnant built some brick cottages for local fishermen, called Pleasant Row, at the north end of Pleasant Road. These were demolished in the 1950s.

The New Town On the seafront, the Ship Hotel had been opened in the 1760s and, later, the Hope Hotel. By the middle of the 18th century the custom of visiting the coast for sea-bathing was becoming fashionable. Southend was becoming a “watering place” where people could “take the waters”, making use of a bathing machine in which to enter the sea modestly, or visitors could perhaps try the “South End Baths,” on the seafront. In 1780 the village had nineteen houses. By 1785 the popularity of South End had increased to such an extent that the lord of the manors of Prittlewell and Milton Hall, Daniel Scratton, decided to have the western end of his estates developed into a “new town”. He leased three areas of land, on the cliffs, to developers, for the building of a grand terrace and hotel, a smaller terrace and library, and a new road linking the new estate with the main road from Shoebury to London. This road was to be known as High Street, and the estate was called the “New Town” or upper town of South End. The original settlement along the seafront to the east was now known as the lower, or old town. The developers of the New Town were Pratt, Watts and Lowdoun, and John Sanderson.

The Grand Hotel 1793 It was proposed to build “a most elegant hotel”, the cost of it to be raised by subscription. A year later the building work began on the Terrace, the Grand Hotel (the centrepiece of the development scheme), the Library, sixty houses and two inns. These were the Duchess of York and the Duke of Clarence, completed in 1792. Two terraces (‘Royal’ and ‘Grove’) formed part of the development, together with associated mews. A ball held on the opening night of the hotel on July 8th 1793,

attracted 170 guests, among them being distinguished visitors to the town and members of the leading families of the district. In 1793 it is recorded that a Theatre was opened in South End.In 1803 Princess Caroline (the wife of the Prince Regent) stayed in the Terrace, and hence the new name “Royal Terrace”. By the late 18th Century Southend had become a thriving small town, with public houses, shops and private and lodging houses, almost all of them clustered along the seafront. Buildings had been built right along the seafront, from South End Lane (Southchurch Avenue) in the east to the end of Marine Parade in the west. There was also a regular post- or stagecoach service from London. By 1794 there was a delivery from London four times a week, and in 1812, a daily delivery. To the north were the fields of the local farms, such as Porters (now the Mayor’s Parlour or official residence), Milton Hall and Prittlewell Priory (at this time, a private house). To the east was the farm of Southchurch Hall. The nearest towns were Prittlewell itself, separated from South End by all these fields and Leigh, an ancient ship building and fishing port to the west.

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Ask your GP for a free Chlamydia test today F igures reveal one in 14 young people in south east Essex have tested positive for chlamydia in the past year.

herself, Lesley understands the importance of talking openly about chlamydia and other STI’s, Lesley said:

NHS South Essex is urging all young people to speak to their GP about doing a simple, quick and free chlamydia test. If caught early enough, chlamydia can be easily treated a course of antibiotics.

“A chlamydia test should be part of a normal appointment for 16-24 year old when they visit their GP. Many young people don’t realise how easy and painless the test is, I’ve found that once I’ve explained the risks to both the young men and women they are happy to pop to the loo and do the test there and then. I do think that the health of our younger generation gets overlooked, it’s essential that young people understand the importance of being healthy. Chlamydia often doesn’t have any symptoms, you may not know you have it until you do a test. Chlamydia doesn’t just go away if you ignore it- you have to do something about it. Chlamydia can cause long term painful complications.

Having sex just once can lead to an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection. It is usually symptomless and most people who have it are unaware. If it is left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic infection and infertility in women. It can cause infection of the testicles and as it can affect sperm function, it can result in fertility problems for men too. Only around 11 per cent of young people in south Essex have currently taken advantage of the free chlamydia test.

It’s essential to raise awareness of the importance of screening our younger generation for chlamydia. A lot of the young people I come into contact with are completely fearless.”

Dr Shah, GP at North Avenue surgery, Southend, is a chlamydia screening champion for south Essex.

For further information about chlamydia, visit www.ruclear.nhs.uk

Dr Shah said: “By identifying and treating patients who test positive for chlamydia, we can prevent further transmission and/or long term complications.”

For more advice and to keep up-to-date with your nearest events, you can follow @CaSH_news on Twitter or visit the www.facebook.com/CaSHKWC page on Facebook.

Lesley Hicks, Practice Nurse at Rushbottom Lane Surgery is also a keen advocate for chlamydia screening. Having three children

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

Money Guidance

by Martin Lamb Dip. PFS Certs CII (MP & ER)

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elcome to the first Money Guidance page of the Local Business Guide. From the content of the media stories it would be easy to think that the financial world is about to come to an end and that economically we are all going back to the caves! The media love to run stories on whose fault the current crisis is, and apportion blame, but that does not help us to move forward. Whilst we are undoubtedly in difficult times I believe that fantastic investment opportunities are being overlooked. The whole World is undergoing a transition of both economic and political power from the West to the East and Emerging Markets. In the short term concerns over the ability of the banking system in Europe to cope with the under repayment of Government loans in Greece and potentially in Portugal and Spain, have led to an hiatus that is holding back the whole world. I am not down playing the seriousness of the crisis. It is very serious and could lead to the biggest financial crisis the world is yet to see. If the Europeans do the right thing however, and on balance we believe they will as the impact of getting it wrong is almost too significant to contemplate, then we believe there will be a massive release of capital that is currently tied up in cash, and Government bonds and that this will be moved, in a very short time into Stocks and Shares globally, but especially in the growth markets of the world and Commodities. The great irony of this is that the value of the traditional ‘safe haven’ assets, ie Gilts could fall significantly in this scenario, and, if you add in the impact of long term high inflation, then even cash is going to prove a poor investment. It is our belief that on-going economic growth in the East and Emerging markets will continue to drive commodity prices and wages upwards, and as we are a significant net

importer of goods made in these countries, and we have structurally weakened Sterling by printing more money, that Sterling will devalue relative to these currencies. This makes imports even more expensive, and adding fuel to the inflation fire. Interest rates are not going up in any significant way for several years, and the real value of ‘safe’ cash, gilts, National Savings, and Premium Bonds will be eroded at a considerable rate. So you must remember; That it is absolutely VITAL that you spread your investments across different asset types. There is much more to effective investing than just Stocks and Shares. Blue Chip Commercial property, Corporate Bonds and Fixed Interest securities issued by the largest soundest companies, Commodities and Energy, Bonds issued by more credit worthy countries, and strengthening Currencies should all form part of your portfolio. The key is holding them in the right proportions at the right time to minimise Risk. That you or your adviser MUST be reviewing your investments to allow for the short term risks within the Eurozone, but also to make sure they continue to be reviewed to allow for the outcomes of the Euro crisis, whether that be positive or not. And that what appears to be SAFE in this changing world, might NOT be………

Martin Lamb, Managing Director of Joseph R Lamb Independent Financial Advisers Ltd. This article does not constitute investment advice, readers should seek an assessment of their needs and requirements before making any decisions based on the content of this article.

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THE LOCAL BUSINESS GUIDE WORKING FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Wrinkle Club CONCEIVED AFTER A LONG HARD LOOK AT JUST WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR US ‘OLD UNS... WHEN WE SAY OLD, WE MEAN IN TERMS OF YEARS UNDER OUR BELTS - NOT THE DATE OF OUR BIRTH WE THOUGHT THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS LIKE US WITH THE SAME FEELINGS AND WE WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

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he Wrinkle Club is a social network for the over 55’s and it is akin to taking part in a social life geared for people like us. You know the things, dining out, scrabble meetings, quiz meetings, dances, coffee and tea mornings, classic cream teas, theatre trips, coach trips and such like. In fact, it would be you who decides what to do. England is a beautiful country with much to see and do so there would never be a shortage of ideas as far as this is concerned. Let us enjoy our lives now that the burden of a job is not relevant any more, the kids have gone (hopefully) and there is an abundance of free time to utilise and relish. If you are bored – lonely and fed up with day time tv and you wish to broaden your horizons by meeting new people and making friends perhaps The Wrinkle Club can assist. We actually believe life is about people – nothing much else... My name is Bob Dobson. Having reached that golden age of 65... My wife Tricia is a very similar age but will not reveal the figure at the moment....I can tell you though, she has a bus pass...

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If you would feel comfortable in the company of similar people, you can join the Wrinkle Club for nothing. Yes, that’s right, it’s free..!! Let us have an email address (computer again) and you shall receive a regular news letter explaining all on offer. Tell your kids, neighbours and relatives. Get them all to join in and assist. Get a blog going (computer again!) But you’re grandchildren can do it for you!

Give it a try... Email: information@thewrinkleclub.com www.thewrinkleclub.com The Wrinkle Club unit 3 555 Sutton Road Southend-on-Sea Essex SS2 5BF

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May 07, 2012: Early May Bank Holiday Jun 04, 2012: Spring Bank Holiday Jun 05, 2012: The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Aug 27, 2012: Summer Bank Holiday(WAL,ENG,NIR) Dec 25, 2012: Christmas Day Dec 26, 2012: Boxing Day

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Useful Phone Numbers Emergency Services

Helplines

Police, Fire, Ambulance Essex Police - non-emergency Crimestoppers Southend Police Station

999 101 0800 555111 0300 3334444

24hr A&E - Basildon Broomfield, Chelmsford Southend

01268 524900 01245 443673 01702 435555

Hospitals

Health

NHS Direct confidential health advice

0845 4647

Councils

Essex County Council 0845 7585592 Local MP - Southend West - David Amess 0207 2193452 Local MP - Southend East - James Duddridge 01702 616135 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, 01702 215000 Council Tax, Housing 01702 215001 Housing Advice  01702 215002 Parking, Highways and Transport   01702 215003 Planning, Development and Building Control   01702 215004  Environmental Health, Trading Standards  01702 215005 Waste, Fly tipping, Fly posting and Graffiti   01702 215006 Children’s Social Services & Education   01702 215007 Adult Social Services   01702 215008 Registration - Births, Deaths & Marriages   01702 215009 Electoral Registration & Councillor Enquiries   01702 215010  Leisure, sports, libraries, museums & parks  01702 215011 Southend Library 01702 534100 Southend United Box Office 08444 770077 Southend Rugby Club 01702 546682 Odeon Cinema 0871 2244007

Helplines - Age UK 0800 1696565 Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 7697555 Childline (24hr) 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau 0844 477 0808 Cruse Bereavement Care 0844 4779400 FRANK - National Drugs Helpline (24hr) 0800 776600 GamCare - Gambling Issues 0845 6000133 Missing People (24hrs) 0500 700700 National Debtline 0808 8084000 National Domestic Violence Helpline (24hr) 0808 2000247 NSPCC Helpline (24hr) 0808 8005000 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre 0808 8029999 Runaway Helpline (24hr) - under 18 0808 8007070 RSPCA (24hr) 0300 1234999 RSPCA - Southend Branch 01702 290889 Samaritans (24hr) 08457 909090 Sexual Health Direct 0845 1228690 Shelter 0808 8004444 Victim Supportline 0845 3030900

Travel

Travel - Traveline National Rail Enquiries Rayleigh Train Station National Express

0871 2002233 08457 484950 0845 6007245 08717 818181

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Emergency Utilities Electricity - UK Power Gas - National Gas Emergency Service Anglian Water Services Essex & Suffolk Water Directory Enquiries

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